Muscat University recognises that most Omani and some international students seeking to take an undergraduate degree programme will require a Foundation Programme to help prepare them for their studies. This is particularly the case if those students have not previously studied in an English medium high school or if the main subject of their proposed degree is in an academic area that is new to them.
The University’s Foundation Programme aims to produce ‘degree-ready’ students planning to progress onto one of the bachelor programmes delivered in partnership with Aston University. The Foundation Programme is quality assured by Aston University, UK.
The Muscat University Foundation Programme consists of English; English for Academic Purposes; IT/Computing; Maths, and subject-specific modules relating to the future bachelor programme the student wishes to join. Study skills are embedded throughout the modules.
The Foundation Programme is delivered over 36 weeks. The academic year consists of 3 x 12-week terms with a two-week break between terms. During each term, students will study different modules which increase in challenge and English language complexity over the three terms.
The Muscat University Foundation Programme fully complies with the Oman Academic Accreditation Authority’s (OAAA) guidelines for Foundation Programmes in Oman. Each Module Specification document has been carefully mapped to the OAAA learning outcomes.
The main outcomes of the Muscat University Foundation Programme are as follows:
- Equip students with a tool kit of academic literacies to enable them to undertake an undergraduate degree programme. Such literacies include soft skills such as giving an effective presentation; taking part in seminars, and working in groups as well as a set of key academic skills such as the use of paraphrase, quotation and citation.
- Improve students’ English language proficiency to a level in which the students can undertake a bachelor degree taught exclusively through the medium of English.
- Develop an introductory-subject-specific knowledge of the bachelor degree the student is planning to study.
- Develop analytical and mathematical problem-solving skills and apply them to practical real-world problems.
- Equip students with IT skills required for undergraduate study and the workplace.
- Able to reflect on one’s learning and development and put in place remedial measures and action plans to develop weaknesses in language and skills.
- Start to create independent, life-long learners who are able to think critically.
- Acculturate students to the academic environment of a Higher Education Institution.